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    September 3, 2012
    4:30 - 5:00am EDT  

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shut down between georgia avenue petworth and mount vernon square stations because of flooding. president obama is headed to louisiana today to get a firsthand look at the damage there five days after the storm hit. much of plaquemines sparrish is still under -- parish is still under water. >> threat of more flooding remains. the west pearl river is swollen. if it floods as many as 5,000 homes could be affected. >> in the city of laplace 30 miles west of new orleans, major damage to a local church could not stop sunday service. bigad shaban has more. ♪ he opened the door that i might be his lesson to me ♪ >> reporter: songs of hope and faith echoed in laplace, indiana. the memorial church held sunday sfs outside because hurricane isaac peeled the roof off the building. the doors were nearly swollen shut and the bishop said everything inside was ruined
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from the pulpit to the kitchen and his own office. now it's all gone? >> it's all gone, yes, but we're still here. >> reporter: they have been here for 19 years. they've never missed a sunday service and refused to let isaac break that record and their spirit. >> the building is gone but my faith is still in god. my faith wasn't in this building. >> reporter: the damage to the building and laplace left this woman in tears. she said most of the church's congregation is now homeless. >> that's why i'm crying. we come here on sunday morning. you can't imagine the love we show in this small church here. >> reporter: many of the roadways in laplace are still submerged and so is the area high school. hundreds of homes were flooded but with the water receding, neighbors are now stacking their ruined possessions on their front lawns for trash collectors to pick up. >> i don't care. whatever you lose, if you have hope, you still have something to hold on to. >> reporter: bishop frank doesn't know when he will
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reopen his church but he says it doesn't matter. they'll be right back here next sunday and each one after that. laplace, louisiana, cbs news. the red cross began damage assessments throughout laplace in hopes of gaining how many homes, businesses and government buildings the storm damaged. now to campaign 2012, the race for the white house. the republican presidential nominee mitt romney is enjoying this labor day off like most americans, taking time away from the campaign trail. >> democrats across the country are preparing for the start of their national convention. it begins today in charlotte. president obama will spend the rest of the week campaigning and preparing to address the crowd at bank of america stadium. susan mcginnis has more from the queen city. >> reporter: president obama continues his march to charlotte with a campaign stop in ohio today. but a member of the republican ticket will reach north carolina first. vice presidential candidate paul ryan campaigns in
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greenville today and will come armed with one question. are you better off today than you were four years ago? >> the president needs to explain why he didn't do what he says he was going to do. >> reporter: let's not forget just how bad things were four years ago. >> in the quarter before the. took office we lost three million jobs. our country was bleeding. our financial system was on the verge of collapse. we were passing bank bailouts to ensure our system could stay afloat. that's what was happening before the president took office. >> reporter: his aides say republicans failed to offer solutions at their convention last week. >> it was a week of personal attacks, empty platitudes, and the one thing you were left with is they really think lying is a virtue. >> reporter: here in charlotte some of the biggest questions are about security, but local and federal police say they're prepared to keep everyone safe. about 800 protesters marched through uptown charlotte sunday. police stood by as the protests
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moved along peacefully. the massive police presence has many here unconcerned about potential violence. >> there seems to be police at every block and on every station. >> reporter: but it isn't all protests and politics. >> there are a lot of fun things happening. >> reporter: the convention kicks off today with a labor celebration called carolina fest with vendors, food and entertainment from jeff bridges and james taylor. susan mcginnis, cbs news, charlotte. in other news, a former top campaign aide to d.c. mayor vincent gray is due in court tomorrow. thomas gore will attend a status conference regarding the criminal case against him. gore pleaded guilty to funneling under the table cash to mayoral candidate suleman brown and trying to cover up the payments. the judge could determine the sentencing date. 9news now sources say as part of a plea bargain, prosecutors will not ask for prison time for gore. can private cameras crack down on crime in a popular
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northwest d.c. neighborhood? georgetown is a pretty busy destination, also home to the rich and famous, but it also attracts crime. >> residents to put up more private cameras but some wonder is this too much big brother? surae chinn tells us like it or not the private cameras are going up. >> reporter: the citizens association of georgetown will be testing it out. the group will be putting up roughly ten of their own cameras on homes and businesses to deter crime. according to metropolitan police stats, deaths and assaults are up from 2011 but the group has been calling on cameras for years. they say it's about preserving the charm of georgetown while protecting its citizens. >> it's a fact of life. >> reporter: diana is on a crusade for cameras in georgetown. she's a citizens association board member and on the public safety committee. >> i personally was burglarized twice when i lived around the corner. my name was burglarized on this block two weeks ago.
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there's a lot of street crime, cars are broken into on a daily basis. >> reporter: some residents welcome having more eyes in the neighborhood. >> makes us feel a lot safer. >> more cameras in general kind of creep me out not knowing who's watching you feels a little weird. >> reporter: do you feel violated? >> now i'm flattered. it's a flattering situation. >> we've caught a few crimes. >> reporter: joe manages martin's tavern on wisconsin avenue in georgetown. they've had cameras outside the restaurant for five years. >> if somebody's car got stolen, we have that on tape. somebody's car -- a female scratched a guy's car. people knocking down plangtszers. >> reporter: certain guidelines will be in place. video will be reviewed only if there's a crime. "the washington post" reports a baltimore neighborhood just signed an agreement to use cameras that are wired directly to the police department. under d.c. law, private
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citizens have more freedom with cameras than police do. i'm surae chinn for 9news now. we reached out to metropolitan police about adding private cameras, and this is their response. quote, we believe that a surveillance camera adds a level of security to a business or privately owned home, and we would encourage people to get them when feasible. it is 4:37. here's a look at some of the other things making news now. the world is remembering reverend sung young moon. he passed away from complications of pneumonia. he found the unification church in 1954. that's where you've seen the videos perform mass church weddings. he was 92 years old. rebels set off explows in damascus. four army officers were injured in the attack. the violence in the civil war has been getting worse.
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at least 1600 people were killed last week. the activist group say about 5,000 people were killed in august making it the deadliest month in the 17-month war. yesterday hundreds of people rallied across the white house to bring attention to the situation in syria. the rally dubbed world silence is killing syria was sponsored by the syrian american council. organizers are calling on american citizens to take action to help the syrian people. it is 4:38. still ahead, the remnants of isaac are expected to leave most of the area today. some steady rainfall coming. howard will tell us how long we should expect this to last. >> would you be willing to turn over your home to a bank if it meant you could continue living in it? we'll tell you about a new program a few banks are using to reduce foreclosures. >> it's labor day. holiday celebrations today. we want to let you know about a few labor day-related events. >> we're back in a few minutes with your weather first.
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keep it here.
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4:41 on this monday morning. happy labor day. a little cloudy out there but mainly dry at the moment. it is muggy and sticky. we're going to have another day thanks to isaac remnants with scattered showers and storms. could have a couple of heavy downpours like yesterday. 80 degrees at noon. we're not growing to get much hotter than that. highs only in the low #s on. right -- low 80s. right now here's monika with something with timesaver traffic. how about a whole lot of nothing. this is across the 14th street bridge into the downtown area. there are a few people going to work but all lanes are open and no hov restrictions today. i'll be back with more coming up in a few minutes. >> thanks, monika.
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time 4:41. i am watching your money. i know this is shocking. wall street closed for labor day. you knew that. investors will return tomorrow and start preparing for the latest jobs report. the government will reveal how many americans found work in august. economists expect to see about 120,000 new hires and for the unemployment rate to stay around 8.3%. on friday chairman ben bernanke said the federal reserve will do more to boost the economy if unemployment stays high. those comments gave the market a boost. checking the numbers, the dow closed 90 points hightory 13,-- higher to 13.090. unemployment is a growing concern in europe. in 17 countries which use the euro, unemployment was at a record high in july of 11.3%. the data show unemployment is hurting the european economy with the most people out of work in spain and greece. a new pilot program could help some homeowners facing
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foreclosure or bankruptcy. it's called mortgage to lease. rather than foreclosing, the bank takes back ownership. it forgives the debt and then it gives the homeowner a chance to rent. of course, you lose your equity but one desperate homeowner reduced her monthly payments from $1,250 to $712 and she gets to stay in her home. >> in certain situations, especially where the homeowners are deeply under water, i think this is a great opportunity for them to really get a fresh start. >> got to remember this is no longer your home in this situation. bank of america is rolling out the small test program to 2500 distressed homeowners in four states. citigroup introduced a similar program for 500 homeowners in six states. >> they've been talking about this possible plan for years now. it's interesting that they're now finally starting it to see how it's going to work. >> everybody in the beginning said it's going to cost you a lot less to do this than to go
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through the long arduous foreclosure process. maybe they're finally hearing that for a change. still ahead, keeping your teeth healthy by drinking a certain kind of juice. some scientists say it's possible. we'll tell you which one. >> we'll have more on that story. plus, your weather first when we return in just a moment.
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hello friends. 4:46. happy labor day. what are you doing up so early on your day off. and if you're not off, we're here now. warm today? >> lowe 80s. not too bad but steamy, sticky. a couple more showers and storms. some heavy downpours in spots kind of like what we had yesterday. thank you, isaac, still around. we start with the day planner as we always do. the bus stop forecast gets a rest. no school here today. let's show you what's happening for your monday, your labor day. mostly cloudy skies. a threat of showers and storms
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all day long. it won't be storming all day long but this morning got annual isolated shower right now. 80 degrees at noon. highs in the low 80s. still 81 at 5:00. maybe 82, 83 for the high temperature the way it looks. we're kind of socked into this pattern. a lot of rain from southern ohio back into kentucky and tennessee, closer to the low pressure that was isaac. around here a little tough to tell. we've got an isolated shower or two that we're watching right now coming out of prince william county. you can see them here. they just started to develop a heavier shower east of manassas, west of 95. this will be coming into fairfax county. you folks in fairfax, maybe down toward centreville here. it's going to head up toward reston and tysons perhaps over the next 35 to 40 minutes. watch out for that. other than the eastern shore has isolated showers. that's it this morning. 73 hagerstown. winchester 70. everybody is in the 70s. heard from bill in newland, 72. a sticky 75 at the patuxent
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river naval air station. gaiptersburg 73 and a stick -- gaithersburg 73 and a sticky morning there as well. humidity 87%. the barometer 30.01. we won't see too much of a rise for a few days as what's left of isaac still spinning in the ohio valley. a little front here. this is isaac. if you look back toward indiana and illinois, that circulation right there. that area of low pressure southwest indiana, that is isaac. the moisture still evidence in the form of showers and storms really from alabama up through ohio and then the scattered showers and storms across the mid-atlantic as well. i see no reason why this pattern until we get rid of what's left of isaac is going to change much. today, tomorrow, even wednesday look rather unsettled. by lunch time a scattering of showers. a couple of storms. we'll get into the afternoon. more showers and storms here and there. notice it's not constantly raining everywhere, but the showers and storms and with this sort of environment, would does pop up, not very fast moving and certainly the
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potential to put down some heavy downpours. that will be the case overnight also. stop the clocked at 2:30 to show you the showers possible tonight and then again on tuesday. we'll pop them up again. we'll do the same on wednesday as well. be prepared. it will be unsettled to start the week. the next few days code yellow because the storms and showers could certainly impact your plans. 82 this afternoon. only about 72, 73 tonight. tomorrow mid-80s. wednesday mid to perhaps upper 80s but still unsettled. turning a little warmer thursday and friday, near 90 with a chance of a storm thursday. i think friday dry and isolated storms still possible as we get into the weekend with temperatures in the 80s. it's 4:49 this labor day morning. here comes monika samtani. that's all you have to say, right? that's pretty much all i have to say. here i am. if you're planning to head around the beltway, no issues at all. if you're one of those that does have to go to work today, i think actually it's a great day to go to work. we're here. if you're planning to head in
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or out of baltimore on 95, no problems into college park, route 29, bw parkway, they're all good right now. the beltway on the north side of town or actually 270 here at shady grove road, volumes are very light in from frederick. back over to the maps and this time out west coming in from the airport or i-66, you'll be absolutely fine. all lanes are open. no construction at all. you know how i normally tell you there's construction on the west side. well, there is not today and no hov restrictions in maryland or virginia with the exception of route 50 in maryland. a live look one more time this time inside the beltway at 66 at scott run parkway. very, very quiet. i'll be back with more coming up at 4:55. back to you guys. >> thanks, monika. it is 4:50 now. illnesses may hurt kids' brains as well as their bodies. children with metabolic syndrome were followed which includes obesity, high
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cholesterol and high blood pressure. they were found to have poor matt skills and could not read as well. it it was found it has a direct effect on brain function. sleeping problems can hurt a child's brain development as well. researchers in pediatrics show kids who suffer from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders were more likely to need assistance in education. coconuts may help combat cavities. researchers modified coconut and found it could prevent tooth decay. >> i like it with a little pineapple juice, rum, delicious. lots of you have today off, labor day. here are a few events taking place. in old town gaithersburg, the 74th annual labor day parade
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gets under way at 1:00 in kensington the 45th annual labor day parade and festival kicks off at 10:00 a.m. it starts at the intersection of st. paul and plyers mill. after that howard avenue and armory. then the d.c. parade -- the bread and roses concert and ben fet at busboys and poe sets at 6:00 p.m. then the town of herndon labor day festival. from noon to 6:00 p.m. roughly 100 people turned out saturday for a labor day weekend community celebration hosted by marion barry. the ward 8 family day took place at oxon run park in southeast washington. the event featured free food,
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live entertainment, and children's activities. it was also a chance for neighbors to reconnect with one another. >> this event is very important to council member barry because it affords him an opportunity to connect with the residents of ward 8 and to find out what some of the other critical issues may be. and then residents actually have an opportunity to talk to him personally. >> it's important that we utilize green places like oxon run park to have artistic and cultural events. this is one of the most beautiful so it's important for residents to get away from the concrete buildings, feel the earth. a lot of beautiful parks need to be utilized in that way. >> sounds like a good day. the event also featured free health screenings. time for the question of the morning. >> according to glamour magazine, 30 % of women do this at least twice a day. is it a, complain about men.
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>> higher than 37% on that one. >> b, update their online social status, or c, fix their makeup. >> log on to our facebook fan page and leave your response. we'll have the answer during our 6:00 show and we will be right back.
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4:56 this monday morning, lake day, 2012. muggy out there. we've got an isolated shower or to. we're going to see scattered showers and storms once again today, thanks to the remnants of isaac as temperatures slowly climb to the 80-degree mark by one. we'll only top about 82, maybe 83. but unfortunately some barbecues may be impacted by that. monika samtani, nothing's impacting traffic this morning. >> no, not at all. on the northbound side of i-395 at the 14th street bridge, we're looking good.
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here's what it looks like on 270 coming down from shady grove road to the point where the lanes divide and across the legion bridge. nice and quiet this morning. i'll be back with more coming up at 5:01. back to you guys. oscar and grammy winning songwriter hall davis has died after stroke in los angeles. he was 91. you know these songs. he produced hit songs for more than six decades, including such hits as "say a little prayer ,," "do you know wait to san jose" and "raindrops keep falling on my head." he produced more than three dozen hit singles for dionne warwick. ♪ i say a little prayer for you ♪ forever, forever ♪ >> you want to sing it? >> no, no. >> probably best that we don't. >> 4:57. >> together, together ♪ america's stars take venice by storm. >> a possible big shake-up at
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american idol. teresa garcia has those and more at this look at entertainment. >> reporter: musicians james taylor and mary jay blige will join earth wind and fire as headline acts at the democratic national convention in north carolina. they're part of a full slate of musicians set to perform this week. mark anthony will sing the national anthem thursday when president obama accepts his party's nomination. randy jackson, one of the original judges on american idol since 2002 looks to be leaving his post. industry sources say this next season he'll still remain part of the show as a mentor. his replacement is not a sure thing yet, but industry insiders are pointing to pop singer mickey menage. keith urban is also in negotiations for a judge position. pop diva mariah carey is the only confirmed judge. american idol has traditionally signed its judges to multiseason deals, but producers say they may consider keeping the judges for a single year and they may even decide
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to add a fourth judge to the mix again. some big names are in italy this week for the venice film festival. director spike lee got a warm welcome at the world remere of his documentary "bad 25." >> to me this is a love letter to michael jackson. >> reporter: anyone known that rider put in an appearance for her otherwise iseman." and from the proposal to the altar, a film about the long walk down the aisle comes out on dvd this week. the five-year engagement stars emily blunt and jason siegel from cbs's" how i meat your mother." that's your eye on entertainment. happy labor day morning. you're watching 9news now at 5:00 a.m. i'm jessica doyle in for andrea roane good she is. i'm mike hydeck. glad you're with us. >> good morning. >> how are you? >> tomorrow will be much worse traffic wise. i'm here just to tell you

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